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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/bionomina.10.1.5

Acanthophis cryptamydros Maddock, Ellis, Doughty, Smith & Wüster, 2015 is an invalid junior synonym of Acanthophis lancasteri Wells & Wellington, 1985 (Squamata, Elapidae)

ROSS WELLINGTON

Abstract


Maddock et al. (2015) described a supposedly new species of death adder (Squamata, Elapidae) from northwestern Australia as Acanthophis cryptamydros. However, Maddock et al. (2015: 307) themselves admitted that this name was a junior synonym of Acanthophis lancasteri Wells & Wellington, 1985: “Since the only existing name applicable to this taxon, Acanthophis lancasteri Wells & Wellington, 1985, is a nomen nudum (Aplin & Donnellan 1999), we describe it as a new species below (...)”.


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ISSN 1179-7649 (print);   ISSN 1179-7657 (online)

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